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24 September 2014
Wars and Conflict - 1916 Rising

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The years leading up to the Easter Rising were marked by significant political, cultural and military developments. In this section you can explore the background to the Home Rule crisis and unionist resistance to it. Find out about the rise of cultural and militant nationalism and how the 1913 Dublin Lockout led to the formation of the Irish Citizen Army.
Image of Erin unfurling a flag Redmond's campaign
Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Redmond was a strong advocate of home rule. Find out about the three Home Rule Bills and Redmond’s political gamble during World War One.
Image of Abbey Theatre Logo Cultural nationalism
Discover how the spirit of Irish nationalism was revitalised in the years leading up to the Rising through organisations like the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Gaelic League and the Literary Revival.
Image of Volunteers Militant nationalism
Read and listen to how radical republicans rejuvenated the Irish Republican Brotherhood and prepared militant nationalists for the Easter Rising.
Image of Edward Carson Unionist resistance
Unionist opposition to home rule led to the formation of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Find out how they sacrificed their lives for Britain at the Battle of the Somme.
Image of cartoon of blindfolded man Dublin Lockout 1913
Ireland’s most famous labour dispute produced the Irish Citizen Army which fought in the Rising under the command of trade union leader James Connolly.
Image of Soldiers The Curragh mutiny
The ‘mutiny’ tells the story of a group of army officers who refused to participate in a military manoeuvre in Ulster to crush unionist resistance to Home Rule. Listen to the perspectives on this event.

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